Josh Perkins’ decision day less than two weeks away

 Posted by at 8:32 PM on August 13, 2013
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Josh Perkins is considered one of the best point guards in the Class of 2013. Photo: Karl Gehring/Denver Post

Josh Perkins is considered one of the best point guards in the Class of 2014.
Photo: Karl Gehring/Denver Post

Decision day is getting closer for five-star point guard Josh Perkins, and there’s still no scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky.

John Calipari reached out to the Class of 2014 prospect earlier this summer and the UK coach and his assistants have had several conversations with Perkins and his father over the past few weeks.

The player’s father told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday night that UK is still in contact, but there hasn’t been a offer.

“They’re in touch,” said Randy Perkins. “It’s kind of died down a little bit. It’s not as intense as it was before.”

Time is running out if Kentucky wants to land the 6-foot-3 recruit from Aurora, Colo. His announcement date was previously supposed to be August 25, which is also his birthday. But Randy Perkins said Tuesday that the announcement will actually come on August 24.

Josh Perkins will play his senior season at Huntington Prep, and he arrived at the West Virginia school Sunday. The plan is for him to fly back to Colorado the weekend of the announcement so it can be shown on one of the local TV stations.

Perkins has taken official visits to Gonzaga and New Mexico — when Steve Alford was coaching the Lobos — and unofficial visits to UCLA, Minnesota, Southern Cal and Colorado, among others.

Randy Perkins said his son does not have a “top five,” as has been previously reported. Gonzaga and UCLA are seen as the two favorites among the schools that have offered, though the elder Perkins didn’t say that and did not hint at who the leader might be.

UCLA hired Alford as its head coach following last season, and the Bruins have been trying hard to get him on campus for an official visit.

“UCLA wants us out there again, but it’s really not necessary to go out there again,” Randy Perkins said. “We knew (Alford) and the coaching staff from New Mexico. There’s nothing more we can really learn, but they want to try and close it.”

It’s doubtful that Perkins will take any more official visits before his announcement. The family is working on a possible trip to UConn, but Randy Perkins said that would have to take place this weekend.

Kentucky is unlikely to get an official visit without offering.

“They’re only in the mix if an offer comes,” Randy Perkins said. “That’s not to put pressure on anybody. But you can’t entertain a school if there’s no offer there. They could call a million times, but if they don’t make an offer… you know.”

Perkins’ father added that his son will not postpone his decision date in hopes of adding an offer from Kentucky or anyone else. “He’s not deviating from that,” he said. ranks Perkins as the No. 18 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.


  3 Responses to “Josh Perkins’ decision day less than two weeks away”

  1. UK has offered Jones, Mudlay, and Exum and is courting both Perkins and Ulis with maybe Ulis getting more attention than Perkins. Perkins would be a great fit at NM who just sent a starter to Chicago and has one at Indiana. I am thinking UK will get either Jones or Mudlay but not both and maybe even Exum, but there isn’t much being said about him.

  2. Perkins won’t get an offer from UK b/c Mudiay is the 1 for Cal at the point and is willing to wait for him. Perkins wants the ball in his hands and doesn’t want to come off the bench as a role player.. Vaughn will move over to fill in at the PG spot when Mudiay needs a break or is in foul trouble. Now there’s Blackmon in the picture who also can play some point and may be willing to come off of the bench the 1st year. Tyler Ulis is coming into town on Friday for an unofficial visit. He would be a 3-4 year player if offered by Cal.

  3. Vaughn can’t Play point handle isn’t quite good enough and they still have Hawkins who will likely be the backup poin for the next three years

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